Wedding Stories: Claudia & Arnd

This sweet couple from Germany decided to come to Nashville and have the most beautiful destination vow renewal! Their love of country music brought them here, but their love for each other was the real star that day. Here is Claudia and Arnd's story!

Their Story

Arnd and Claudia met during college in their twenties. Claudia felt that he was in love, but she was in a relationship and he never declared his love for her. So they stayed friends, met once a year on the occasion of the yearly town festival in their hometown in Germany. They both married and had children: Arnd has 2 sons (Vincent and Felix) and Claudia has one (Max). At this time, they could not see each other anymore as Arnd moved a lot, for example to Nashville.

Then, they met again, after 20 years, one morning on an airplane to Paris. "It was flashing!" They began to see each other again. Claudia and Arnd found that they were what they each were somehow missing over all of those years. In September 2011 they moved together in their first little flat and finally got married in December 2014.

They decided to celebrate their love and renew their vows in style with a destination vow renewal in Nashville in May 2016. 

The Big Day

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The day of Claudia and Arnd's vow renewal was a beautiful May morning in Nashville. The bride and groom, and all of their guests, had flown in from Germany the day before. The ceremony was held at Riverwood Mansion, and it was looking dreamy and idyllic, as usual. As the guests arrived, we played soft country tunes. 

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Claudia walked down the aisle to "You're Still The One" by Shania Twain. Country music from the 90's was the theme of the day, as both Claudia and Arnd love that era of music. The bride looked stunning, and the groom looked starry-eyed, as he should.

The happy couple, officially renewed, walked into this second phase of their happy marriage to the chorus of "It's A Beautiful Day" by Michael Bublé. From there, we launched into a two hour cocktail hour, playing a mix of jazz and country tunes, including Faith Hill's "This Kiss" and Martina McBride's "Valentine". 

When the time came for Claudia and Arnd's "wedding waltz", they requested "She's Always A Woman" by Billy Joel. This just so happened to be the song they danced to at their first wedding, so it was a very special moment to witness. The love these two have for each other is truly beautiful. 

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Congratulations Claudia and Arnd! I hope you two have a long and happy life together and go on all sorts of European adventures :) 

With love,

Whitney 

Wedding Tips and Tricks: Part IV

For all of you brides out there looking for all the help you can get while planning your wedding, look no further! Here is my latest installment of Wedding Tips and Tricks! 

1. Spread out addressing invitations over several days. Trying to do it all at once can be overwhelming, not to mention painful for your hand! Or, have friends help you to address the envelopes. Throw a party as incentive! 

2. If you are having children at your wedding, make sure you have some activities planned for them at the reception to keep them entertained. This will help prevent the inevitable meltdown when they get bored and tired. 

3. Make sure someone knows how to do up the back of your dress, as well as how to bustle it for the reception. Have them come to one of your fittings if possible. You almost certainly cannot get into your dress yourself! 

4. Use Pinterest to look up unique ideas, but do not go overboard. Nothing is more stressful than taking on too many DIY projects and realizing that you will not get them finished in time for the wedding. Choose one or two projects and get your bridesmaids to help!

5. If you have any specific songs that are special to you and your fiancé, let your musician know. We love to learn new songs, and we want to help make your big day special. Just don't wait until the last minute to tell us! 

What wedding tips and tricks to do you have? Leave them in the comments section below and I just might include them in the next installment of Wedding Tips and Tricks! 

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With love,

Whitney